The mission of the NASPA Foundation is to raise funds to advance NASPA’s mission and legacy.

The Foundation fulfills its mission by supporting student affairs professionals through the conferment of the following financial awards:

  • Scholarships for aspiring and current student affairs professions to attend NASPA events

  • Innovation Grants for student affairs professionals to start new and otherwise unfunded programs within their institutions

  • Research grants for student affairs professionals to study emergent trends within the field

  • Awards of recognition for exceptional work in the field of student affairs


  • Connecting the Present with the Future
  • Celebrating Achievement
  • Supporting Research and Best Practices
  • Honoring History


  • Goal 1: Increase substantially the Foundation’s capacity to be a dynamic and sustainable organization.
  • Goal 2: Heighten the visibility and strengthen the brand of the Foundation.
  • Goal 3: Increase substantially the Foundation’s fund-raising and donor base.
  • Goal 4: Fund meaningful scholarship and emergent practices.

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Founded in 1973 during the presidency of John Blackburn, the NASPA Foundation furthers the research that contributes to practice. Historical highlights include:

  • Originally the NASPA Institute for Research and Development (NIRAD)
  • 1978, NIRAD published Pieces of Eight, a seminal book regarding the challenges and artistry of a working dean
  • Renamed the NASPA Foundation in 1989 and incorporated for the promotion of research and the advancement and development of Student Affairs
  • The first class of Pillars of the Profession were honored in 1999
  • The Campaign for NASPA was launched in 2008 – the boldest fundraising initiative in our history